Chicken with Honey and Garlic

When Victor got back from the gym, this morning, he casually said, oh, by the way… I’m cooking dinner, tonight.

That is always music to my ears. I am a firm believer in if you’re cooking, I’m eating – and it really is nice when the person cooking knows what in the heck they’re doing!

Both of us are intuitive cooks – we just kinda know what works and what doesn’t. It usually means reading a recipe and being able to alter ingredients as you’re going down the list. My mom used to talk about reading a recipe and mentally tasting it as she read it. That really makes a lot of sense to me.

Victor wanted to do something non-Italian, tonight. We both tend to go Italian as a go-to, although back in the day, my go-to was always Mexican. I conceded defeat when we first moved east and I couldn’t find basic Mexican ingredients in the grocery store. (For the first 8 years we lived here, we would bring cans of chipotles in adobo back with us every time we traveled west.) Ingredient-wise, things have gotten much better, but the go-to Italian is still the go-to because I’ve gotten lazy.

He had an idea for something spicy with garlic and honey – and asked if we had any chicken breasts in the freezer. I grabbed one for him and walked away – seeing the wheels turning.

What he ended up with was something worthy of any decent Chinese restaurant – simple with clean flavors.

Chicken with Honey and Garlic

  • 1 chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup broccoli, cooked
  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek
  • black sesame seeds
  • natural sesame seeds
  • flour
  • salt and pepper

Dice chicken. Dredge in flour mixed with a pinch of salt & pepper.

Make a sauce of the honey, rice wine, soy sauce, and sambal oelek.

Saute chicken in a bit of oil. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant – 2 or 3 minutes.,

Add sauce and simmer until thickened. Add broccoli and mix well.

Serve with rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

For an Italian, it was a pretty good rendition of Asian-American cooking. My stomach is smiling!